INTRO: After Apple acquired Intel’s modem business, Intel announced its plans to team with MediaTek for developing 5G modems for laptops back in November of 2019. because of the joint efforts, the businesses have now revealed MediaTek’s T700 5G modem, which can power 5G capabilities in Intel’s laptops.
MediaTek’s T700 5G modem has completed 5G standalone (SA) calls in real-world test scenarios. Meanwhile, Intel says it’s progressed with its efforts on “system integration, validation and developing platform optimizations”, and has been readying co-engineering support for OEM partners.
MediaTek claims that its modem is ‘highly power-efficient’. Furthermore, the modem supports NSA and SA sub-6GHz 5G network architectures. consistent with DigiTimes, the company’s mmWave offering will are available in the last half of 2021.
While we’ve already seen laptops with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 5G modem just like the Dell Latitude 9510 and HP Elite Dragonfly G2, it’ll be interesting to ascertain how the mixture of Intel CPU and MediaTek’s modems would impact the 5G performance and battery life.
“Our partnership with Intel may be a natural extension of our growing 5G mobile business, and is a fantastic market opportunity for MediaTek to maneuver into the PC market,” said MediaTek President Joe Chen. “With Intel’s deep expertise within the PC space and our groundbreaking 5G modem technology, we’ll redefine the laptop experience and convey consumers the simplest 5G experiences.”
Intel’s vice chairman and head of Mobile Client Platforms Chris Walker says that the corporate will start customer sampling later this quarter. We could expect OEMs to launch the primary laptops to supply MediaTek’s T700 5G modem in early 2021.